Jeepin 101 Tips Part 2

Nancy Cutright

There is no better place to get the best Jeep advice or tips from then the Jeep community itself and that is exactly what we did. We sought the knowledge of seasoned Jeepers to create this awesome list of the second set of the Jeepin 101 Tips plus a few bonus ones..  If you like their tips, make sure you let them know… stop by their facebook page and give them a big ol’ healthy Jeepin thanks! Throughout, you will see pictures of some previously featured Jeepers! Enjoy!

#51. Fire Extinguisher. Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#52. If winching a buddy out on slippery slopes anchor your rig to a tree or another rig. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#53. Carry the proper socket for your lug nuts! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#54. Use proper space for rig in front of you, ie: climbing hill, mud hole, wait for signal they are done. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#55. Always offer help to a fellow Jeeper who may be stuck or broke down. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

Little Moab II

#56. Remember the Jeep wave!! ~Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#57. Jeep to your abilities. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#58. 54 Carry hand saw or chain saw if applicable. Only cut wood from existing trail, do not make new ones.~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#59. If you don’t have starting or lighter fluid…use a ratchet strap around the tire…tighten and air up until you here the bead pop back on 🙂 ~ Alan Chilly McGowan ‎

#60. Know your limitations…But also know that your Jeep CAN pull your friends big trucks out of the mud! ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

Annette Wheatcraft

#61. Carry fresh water in well rinsed out bleach bottles to clean up with, wash windshield or use in radiator. Bleach bottles are made sturdier than other gallon containers. ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

#62. Don’t go wheeling far from home unless you have means to trailer a broke-down rig home. ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

#63. If you’re wheeling topless, put long hair up or wear a hat! ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

#64. Jay (hubby) just added “If you’re wheeling topless, make sure if your husband is driving that he’s watching the trail & not you.” ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

#65. Flashlight w/extra batteries. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

Michael Riley

#66. When wheeling on a trail and you encounter horses, we always pull off and shut our engines, as not to spook horse for rider safety. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#67. Carry an extra belt whether its a v-belt or serpentine belt, you will be glad you did. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#68. Make sure you have any “special” tools with you…13mm 12 point sockets for TJ steering knuckles, 36mm for hub nuts, that kind of stuff. ~ Lee Boening

#69. Have enough things to share on the trail, whether it be zip ties, water, fuel, nuts, bolts, fuses, etc. You never know when that may save someone from a long walk! ~ Lee Boening

#70. NEVER EVER, overlook that a dead vehicle may be due to a blown fuse…I can’t count how many times I’ve seen people spend 30-plus minutes trying to change a fuel pump, etc. and find out it’s a bad fuse. Many times older rigs have less than ideal wiring situations and it may take some poking about to find “all” the fuses for a particular component. ~ Lee Boening

David Lane

#71. Always bring extra radiator hoses just in case you blow one. along with u-joints etc… ~ Cameron White

#72. Bring spare everything…ie:joints, fluids, any parts we take off for mods we keep, they come in handy when we need to MacGyver a broken part. Oh and bungee cords help a tons as well! ~ Kelli Pietrzykowski Lawson

#73. Keep gaskets with you at all times!. ~ Tyler Alexander

#74. Don’t wheel and hold a beverage or you might lose grasp of the wheel and end up hitting a tree like I did! Lmao! ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#75. Always be courteous and pull to the side when fellow wheelers are coming through the path. ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

Pete Lopes

#76. Don’t follow another’s bumper too closely or you might kiss it ; ) ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#77. Always take oil at least 4 quarts you never know when u need more oil. ~ Jeffery Swafford

#78. If you go through a river or small creak change you dif oil ~ Jeffery Swafford

#79. Try to take a tow strap not chain. Chains brake and can hurt some one really bad. Straps don’t whip back. ~ Jeffery Swafford

#80. D-rings are stronger than tow hooks. ~ Jeffery Swafford

Keith Norton Sr.

#81. Take some extra vacuum lines and an extra air filter you never know how dusty the trails are. ~ Jeffery Swafford

#82. Always carry an extra jug of Coolant/Antifreeze. ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#83. Cb Radios are awesome when cell phone service is not an option .. And or Gps tracking device. ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#84. Check to see if you have lock tight on your distributor cap. ~ Krista Kunkel

#85. Never leave home with out TOOLS ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

Lisa Mallinson

#86. Keep a potato in your tool bag – it is the best odd addition you can have. You can use to fill a hole in the radiator. You can cut and rub over your windshield to have water bead up if your wipers stop working. You can use it for quick trail food if you break down and have to camp, plus it is bio degradable for trail friendly people. ~ Pam Cechini

#87. The reason we don’t use chain is not because they may break and hurt someone but it is because they have no give and when pulling a vehicle out with a hard tug with chains might break one of the vehicles, chain does not store energy so it will rarely fly through the air, in fact tow straps store energy and that’s what makes the recovery easier BUT when they break they will fly like something thrown with a slingshot, I had a strap break once and the 10 foot piece that came back at my Jeep caved my steel Jeep grill right in!! ~ Jeff Hiltz

#88. Always remember that an 8000LB winch is only an 8000LB winch when your cable is down to the last wrap on the drum!! ~ Jeff Hiltz

#89. Never attach two snatch straps together for recovery using a d-ring or clevis…If something lets go during the recovery that d-ring or clevis will turn into projectile that can and will KILL. There have been instances where the strap broke… and the d-ring came back at the Jeep at hundreds of mph, through the tailgate and through the drivers seat killing the driver. Recovery is NOT something to be taken lightly!! Play safe!! ~ Jeff Hiltz

#90. Air your tires down as much as possible!! What you lose in ground clearance you will more than double in traction!!! ~ Jeff Hiltz

#91. Not sure if anyone mentioned first aid kit, sometimes it could be awhile before you reach help. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#92. Try NOT to turn around on a steep hill, can result in landing on your lid. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#93. Carry plenty of drinking water, it is easy to get dehydrated with the top off and the sun beating on you. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#94. Be sure seatbelts are in working order and everyone wears them! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#95. Not a necessity, but padded fleece seatbelt covers are so much more comfortable on the shoulder. ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

Winter wonderland...

#96. Not sure if this has been mentioned but don’t forget your highlift jack can be used as a winch ~ Matthew Duffy

#97. Get a small plastic jar and put a bunch of little pieces parts in it. IE Valve stems, caps, fuses, nuts/bolts, tape, tire plug kit, strap ties, hose clamps etc just any thing that will fit. ~ Hozer Outlaw

#98. When recovering a stuck vehicle if you are not directly involved stay back. If the strap or cable breaks it can take off an arm, leg or put out an eye. If the strap is 20 feet long stay back at least 25 or so feet. ~ Hozer Outlaw

#99. It’s tradition that men always do their bathroom business on the drivers side of the trail and women go on the passenger side of the trail…(I know a lot of woman aren’t passengers but this is tradition) ~ Jeff Hiltz

#100. When there’s snow on the ground don’t go down a trail if u have never been on it before, it could be deeper than it looks and u could get high centered. ~ Jeffery Swafford

Joe Paul.. a.k.a. Off Kilter

#101. Bag your tires adds to traction in sand and mud and other spots. ~ Robert Barney Sr

#102. Always let the new guy go first; they are always the most eager to go. ~ John Gould

#103. The big rule for wheelin on snow trails is if not sure get out and walk it. ~ John Gould

#104. Watch your line crossing the stream the first time. Note deep spots you want to avoid on the way back. ~ William Elam

#105. When rock climbing if it’s a lil muddy and you have your head out the window to see were you are going were sun glasses and keep your mouth closed! ~ Jeffery Swafford

Angela Griffith-Paul

#106. When off roading always have a shovel, axe, and hoe. ~ Jeffery Swafford

#107. Always bring along trash bags on the trail for trash and to catch any oils you may spill when doing trail repairs. ~ Arturo Guerra

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. Most of these make perfect sense and a lot of them are things I never considered before. But, #59 has me scratching my head. Am I dense and not reading this right?


  2. I really appreciate all of the tips, particularly since they are from seasoned Jeepers who have learned by trial and error. The manufacturer included some basic safety tips but it was no where near as complete or insightful as what you have given us. Thanks again!


  3. Great tips and great pics. Nothing less than what I would expect from this site. You guys (gals?) are the best! I would like to know if Keith Norton Sr. made it out of that mud pit or if he had to be towed out? Whichever, I know he had a good time!


  4. When I was reading through the tips and hit #63, I had to read it twice before I realized that riding topless meant the top of the Jeep. Gave me a good laugh though! Some good ideas and as always great pictures.

    I totally get the aka of Off Kilter for Joe Paul. I would have liked to have been there and seen this up close and personal. It looks like he’s driving right out of the ground.


  5. I’m taking these all to heart. I can tell by the way some of these tips were worded that these people found the answer the hard way. I used to have to learn my lessons at the school of hard knocks, but the older I get the more I realize that other people have already been that route and learned their lessons. These days, I take my que from them. Thanks for publishing the list.


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